Redskins trying to break home losing streak


Robert Griffin III is hit during Redskins’ loss to Bengals in home opener (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins play their next two games at home. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

The Redskins will take a seven-game home losing streak, dating to last season, into Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field.

“It’s huge,” Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said Wednesday of facing the Falcons, one of the three unbeaten teams left in the league this season. “This would be a huge week if we were playing in Australia. It really don’t matter. We’ve got to win this game. It’s what you would call a must-win for us, a very good opponent. We’re lucky that it’s at home. We’ve got our fans behind us for this one. But we’re going to need to bring it on.”

Redskins players said they were at a loss to explain the team’s struggles at FedEx Field.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with home or away,” defensive end Stephen Bowen said. “We’ve just got to play good ball. That’s what it comes down to.”

The Redskins lost their final six home games last season after a 2-0 beginning. They lost their home opener to the Cincinnati Bengals this season. They’ve played only one of their first four games at home this season, and they’re 2-1 on the road.

“Right now we’ve got a winning record on the road,” cornerback Josh Wilson said. “At the end of the day, it’s not about whether you’re home or away. You’ve got to win as many as you can and add them up at the end.”

The Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, who come to town for an Oct. 14 game, have a current combined record of 7-1.

“We just haven’t played as well at home as we need to,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “Hopefully we can right the ship this weekend.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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